Hours before Hillary Clinton took the stage Thursday at the Democratic National Convention, Western Washington delegates were starting to put in context her nomination, how far the nation has come and what it means for America.
After attending the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, Bert Marley knew he wanted the 2016 convention to be different. In L.A., Idaho delegates stayed at a hotel in a Beverly Hills neighborhood while the convention and most other delegates were downtown. Worst of all, he said, Idaho’s delegation was on the outskirts alone.
Some say that with age comes wisdom. For Myra Gamburg, 84, her age has brought feelings of invisibility and unimportance in a party that says it’s focused on diversity. “The Washington Democratic Party is very inclusive,” said the delegate from Lake Forest Park.
Chants and union claps filled Conference Room 118 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Wednesday. High-ranking Democratic officials spoke to delegates on the second day of the Labor Caucus, addressing issues of interest to many working Pennsylvanians. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York Gov.
Bernie Sanders won an overwhelming majority of Idaho delegates in the Demcratic caucus, but superdelegate Van Beechler publicly announced herself undeclared. She remained undecided until Tuesday night’s vote for the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, when she cast her vote for Clinton. “I was on the fence,” Beechler said.
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Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean urged delegates from Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire to unify behind the Democratic presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Dean, a former presidential nominee, was one of several Clinton backers who emphasized the need for party unity at a breakfast with delegates on Tuesday.
Donna Brazile, Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and Rev. Leah Daughtry are leading one of the most important Democratic Party conventions ever. But you wouldn’t know that going by news reports The Democratic Party is making history again. It just named three black women to the top leadership posts of any major political party in history.